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WSP in winning team to design Kiruna’s new city hall

WSP is part of the team selected to design the new city hall at Kiruna in Northern Sweden. Henning Larsen Architects, Tema, WSP and UIWE won the competition with their proposal called Kristallen (The Crystal).


The new city hall is intended as a focal point for the city, linking Kiruna to the natural environment, its culture and history. The ambition is to combine its role as the centre for local government with the region’s rich local traditions in the creation of a dynamic new hub for the city’s political, social and cultural activities.

“Our proposal is a circular building, with the municipal offices around the outside, while the interior will be used for art exhibitions, a museum and the council chamber. At the bottom is a large open area which can be used as an events venue, seating up to 400 people,” says WSP designer, Stefan Tyrbo.

WSP has worked closely with the winning team on the building design and technical installations. 

The city hall needs to be relocated because of the impact of mining underneath  Kiruna. It was decided to demolish and rebuild the current building, but the bell tower will be preserved and moved to the new location.

The competition was launched in October last year. Out of 56 entrants the jury shortlisted five teams to submit their proposals for the city hall. The winning team, Henning Larsen Architects, Tema, WSP and UIWE was appointed on 13 September 2013.

Some facts about Kiruna’s new city hall:

Total floor area - 9700 sq m
Construction start- May 2014
Completion - Occupation of city hall in 2016; surrounding infrastructure September 2017
Architect - Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Landscape design - Tema
Construction and plumbing - WSP
Cultural design - UIWE

Images can be found at www.henninglarsen.com



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